Winter Solstice ~ Hibernating in the Luxurious Domain of the Soul
Another magickal Winter Solstice (here in the Northern Hemisphere) blows in like starlight on a snowflake and I find myself immersed in so many sweet visions, feelings, and thoughts on what this time of year means to me.
There is extra presence in everything I engage.
There is stillness that fills each breath and not just the in between pauses.
As I surrender to greater alignment with the seasons I know that restoration and replenishment are the whispers of Winter to my body’s rhythms, telling me I deserve the extra rest and feeding my spirit with the nourishment it desires.
Our ancestors knew this time well.
Winter brought us Great Bear Spirit’s wisdom of hibernating in the luxurious domain of the soul. More time indoors, with loved ones and in sacred intention, weaving stories and crafts as the creators that we are, immersed in ritual, resting, and receiving.
Warmth is a state of heart that comes through the sharing of our love, kindness, and creative magick.
You may recall last year’s celebratory reunion on this special day. And although this year will be a quiet one at home, we are going to honor last year’s fun by opening shared gifts between us and our Vermont Faerie Family today.
As I’ve written before:
Winter Solstice celebrates a return to light and provides a regenerative portal to honor the remembrance of this light that YOU are, for making those leaps in consciousness by moving within to shine your own light even when no one else around you is, and to “see the light” even when things get dark and you’re unsure of what to do, where to go, or even how to think or feel.
Through inward focus you can receive insightful guidance on the months and year ahead. Perhaps you might envision the light and inner fire of your heart and soul expanding and filling your entire body and emanating out and joining with the light of our Great Central Sun, allowing yourself to take up more space and be who you really are.
The Yuletide season is a celebration of brilliance, which is innate within us all by our very existence, and everything around us.
We are also approaching the New Moon doorway of the 23rd, which will be in the sign of Capricorn – the perfect bearer of this season’s message.
With a lot of Capricorn and other key connected energies to this time period in my chart, I always feel a surge of support around this New Moon and this one feels particularly defining.
So much has been woven together over the years to bring light to these new potentials individually and collectively.
We may have yet to know where things are headed, but when we drop into the navigational pull of our hearts’ compasses, there is where we can find the peace for the journey and trust we’re exactly where we need to be.
It’s also within our hearts that the spirit of Solstice can shine forth from.
For me at this time of year, and especially if I find myself at any holiday gatherings, I find my focus to be on the connective threads between myself and others increasing.
All the little things stand out to me as years move on, we all grow older, and I continue to evolve…I pay attention to the feelings, the essence, the details of experiences, people, the environment, and what’s most important to me. It all becomes etched in my heart.
The individual expressions, joys, shared stories, the warmth, the festive holiday touches, the unique differences embodied, the inner child flame I catch behind the windows to each soul, what makes others light up…I soak it all in, drop into the feelings being shared by those around me, and even drop into my Cosmic self observing it all as the brilliance of human expression and connection that make up the reasons why we find it compelling to bring Spirit into embodiment.
I step out of judging and defining and just open my senses to absorb the magnitude of life force beaming through the feelings and creative expressions of humanity.
My attention goes to the inherent beauty in it all and it makes me smile…many times also I find my eyes welling up from the stardust I seem to touch within the vortex of my heart in human body.
One of those moments was just a few days ago at the performance of Messiah by our local Tahoe symphony orchestra and chorus we have here at the lake. They always put on a lovely venue for this, with additional holiday song favorites the guests can join in on.
It’s usually held at a church here and this year was the fullest house yet. I happened to be sitting right in front with direct open connection to the artists and access for vibrations to pulse through every fiber of my being.
I was especially moved by the chorus singing O Holy Night – one of my all-time favorite pieces (I actually once used to play it on the piano many Moons ago).
It’s not the words or any belief system that this time of year or Christmas songs are connected with, but the melodies, tones, and feelings the pieces evoke – and the moving way that they are sung that affects me.
This particular one always touches every part of me and I found tears slowly flowing down my cheeks on Sunday, choked up by the present moment and feeling a unified synergy of everyone’s hearts and voices joining together at highest frequency and depth, singing like angels.
In fact, that’s what I saw when I looked out at every individual – angels shining their passionate lights through song, together. Young and old alike…they were all simply light and exquisitely, glowing on highest voltage.
I get transported to a space looking on from outside of the Earth, and feeling the broadcasting of frequencies that beauty like this pulses out into the Cosmos and across all multiverses.
In part, it’s likely this expansion within that continues to open doors of experience for me. It’s extended both in waking and dream life – the latter increasingly connecting me to many people where I am receiving very specific details impossible for me to access otherwise about others and wider unfoldings through telepathy, remote viewings, and downloaded messages.
I’m also receiving snippets of clarity on things personally to my spirit journey that are stringing together like pages in a book I know I wrote once upon a star and am simultaneously writing, again. And while this is happening, the magnitude of current crystal beings surrounding me and Astrid is beyond explaining, but each of them holds codes to those pages unfolding. It’s in part, why we are more silent, as the inner world is loudly calling our focus to unlock and integrate.
Just a few days ago I found the most precious, pure and perfect little mouse in the snow on our deck. He was so perfect in fact and full of life force, I was convinced he was merely asleep and dreaming (interesting tie-in with dream prevalence for me), and almost felt like he was about to stir awake, as I rubbed him softly. Perhaps that was me sensing that death is not an ending, but a beginning and how energy never dies, but gives rise to something more in a seamless blink.
He immediately brought Fiver to heart – you may remember his story from a blog I shared in 2017 that I’ve linked to here in case you haven’t read it or would like to again. If you don’t read that post, I’m including the following excerpt from it because it speaks loudly to me around why mouse spirit has yet again found his way to me and what he means to me especially in terms of mediating worlds, things in transition, the bigger picture, and innocence and purity found in the crossover between cycles of endings and beginnings – deconstructing and recreating. All so divine with Solstice and the New Moon energies upon us.
Avia Venefica shares about Symbolic Mouse Meaning:
“Our ancient ancestors observed their affinity for ground-burrowing, and likened this to mice being ‘one with the Mother’ (Mother Earth, that is). This ground-loving behavior was also seen as a connection to the Underworlds (or Otherworlds, depending upon your source of reference). This kind of connection makes the mouse a kind of mediator between physical life and recycling life (spirit energies in transition). This Earth and Underworld connection continues in western, medieval Europe, where folk superstitions tell of mice possessing the ability to carry souls of humans who have passed from this physical life.
In Native North American Indian symbolism, tribes such as the Navajo established the mouse having governance over the southern quadrant of their medicine wheel, which represents a macrocosmic view of life. The southern quadrant of the medicine wheel holds sacred tenets such as new beginnings, connection with the Mother (Nature/Earth). It also represents youthfulness and innocence. Because the mouse is quite modest, and connected so closely with the Mother Earth, it has gained great prominence in this and other branches of Native wisdom.
Mice are incredibly prolific, as mentioned earlier, and can bear up to a dozen pups every four to six weeks. That’s a lotta mice. This is symbolic of fertility, abundance, and expansion. For example, a mouse in your awareness could be symbolic of your ability to mass-produce new births in the form of new ideas, development, creativity, social connections – any number of opportunities are available for us to give birth often and abundantly, the mouse is a reminder of that.”
I’ve found a few other mice before as well, but the prominence and synchronicity of Fiver’s and this little one’s arrival in my life came at nearly the same time of season, separated by five years. Fiver arrived on January 5th and this sweet one, I’ve named Jonathan Whiskers (for his whiskers stood out most prominently to me and felt like antennae to all the worlds/realms he travels), came to me just short of three weeks earlier.
In Fiver’s blog, someone shared a comment and this part of it I felt to copy and paste in here, as it may whisper something to you as well:
“…by sharing the story with us, Fiver is a teacher for me in terms of trust and finding a good place to be and for self-care and for surrendering to what must be in a sacred way with just right timing.“
A beautiful reflection for Solstice and Winter don’t you think?
After energetically spending time with Jonathan Whiskers, I found him the perfect little box, gave him his own special crystal like Fiver received – this one being a tiny amethyst shard from our special giant master geode – and placed him in one of my outdoor garden tubs to keep him “on ice” so to speak until the ground thaws for me to bury him properly. His presence has yet again moved me greatly.
Like the dream journeys and downloads, the connective threads I drop into, and all of the heart opening experiences in this transitioning time in my own life and world-wide scene, Jonathan Whiskers again spoke to a part of me within him and him within me that can peacefully surrender into slumber and live on in the light of my birthing star. Like my seal friends of this past Summer also reflected, I am ready to let go and trust in the new cycle
The inner becomes the outer and the outer reflects the inner…each opening and download keeps demonstrating the transparency we are accessing, the more certain realities continue to crumble, and the eternal force that is in constant momentum.
It’s simply evidence of our collective connection and our true nature in its purity to be able to access any part of that web.
While the world evolves, the seeds of genius lie in the madness.
It’s like seeing the lotus in the mud.
The mud must be brilliant and pure in order to birth such brilliance and purity.
Let your greatness shine from your inner light alone.
Warmest Winter Solstice and Yuletide wishes!
May you create space for this time of restoration, sacred crafting and celebration of your brilliance.
I’ve laced this post with recent captures of the enchantment, beauty, and vibes that stir the Spirit of the season in my heart. The first two are by artist Wendy Andrew. I hope you can feel the essence of this season through them and that they might caress the seeds of your New Moon hopes in the most nurturing of ways.
What speaks to your heart in terms of something you would like to craft and/or cultivate more of, be it a project, new venture, or a particular aspect of your life (emotional/mental/physical/spiritual realm)?
Beaming out my light with yours to ignite that flame!